*4pm Paul Schneider, Art (After) Clip Art*
Clipart, pictograms, emoticons once conceived as outmoded or kitsch, to be used only to jazz up the most mundane of presentations, are now rapidly becoming a type of new world language. Quick and easy shorthands, readable by anyone no matter what mother tongue, are now appropriated into a menagerie of communication forms, not just trapped as the garnish of bland presentations at schools and offices. But these signs and symbols operate in a strange place, a place of suspended animation, a graphic limbo. Always denoting an action but never acting, constantly alluding to an idea of performance whilst always reaming fixed. This presentation seeks not to answer any questions or give any meaning to this wordless form, but rather to explore some examples of this peculiar graphic limbo in its original and natural habitat, the PowerPoint slideshow.
*5pm Sean Steadman, Art (After) Maths*
Representation in painting and mathematics ranging from Llyn Foulkes, Wittgenstein, Pythagoras and the Lascaux Caves!
*6pm Tom Besley, Art (After) Culture*
"Humans have stopped evolving physically and genetically..." but cultural evolution is proceeding "with extraordinary swiftness" David Attenborough.
*7pm Tom Trevatt & Andrew Osborne, Art's Political Economy (or not)*
Much has been written about how art engages with politics, either directly through social engagement, or symbolically through a representation of political ideas. Historically, art's disruptive, resistant or revolutionary nature has been lauded by many writers and critics, claiming that art can, perhaps, aesthetically or socially intervene to imagine new futures, critique power or produce new social relations. However, in recent years, previous formations of the critique have seemed to run dry. In this session Tom Trevatt and Andrew Osborne discuss how art has historically understood itself as critical or political, and why these forms of politics perhaps aren't available to us anymore; offering potential options for revitalising contemporary political debate.
9pm onwards Art (AFTER)*PARTY* Gery Georgieva djing in the gallery space, BYOB!